It was bound to happen at some point; two of the most passive teams in the league finally found a reason to scuffle. Ideally, it would have been a better brawl if the Padres could walk away with the win, but at least we all got some good gifs out of it.
Carrying over from Manuel Margot getting drilled in the side last night, putting him on the 10-day DL, the Padres were starting to get fed-up with the aggressive inside pitching from the Rockies. Today, it resulted in Hunter Renfroe taking one off the hand. Another missed pitch risking nearly resulting in injury.
Luis Perdomo, who had been pitching some clean baseball save a two-seam fastball with too much tail that clipped Trevor Story, avoided drilling multiple Rockies for 2 innings, striking out 2 and allowing 0 runs. The pitching fell apart once Perdomo put one behind Nolan Arenado in the 3rd inning, who turns out has as face that’s a perfect target for a glove.
The following brawl ensued:
Benches clear, punches thrown in Padres-Rockies game with Nolan Arenado and Luis Perdomo in the center of it. pic.twitter.com/6cItcDc8Td— MLB (@MLB) April 11, 2018
Perdomo chucked his mitt at Arenado in attempt to make up for the missed bean attempt moments before:
Just as I thought, Luis Perdomo is still struggling with his command. pic.twitter.com/nNXLul0Lsq— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) April 11, 2018
With a few more starts, we should see Perdomo’s control allowing him to connect with the next raging Rockie next time we see them.
The brawl resulted in some punches landed, none on Perdomo after his tactical retreat, and ejections for Luis, A.J. Ellis (who took a nice hit while defending his pitcher and new squad), Arenado, outfielder Gerardo Parra, and starting pitcher German Marquez.
Don’t sleep on Freddy Galvis’ glove either. We all now know what he can do on defense and in a bench-clearing fight.
Freddy Galvis is the hero we deserve in San Diego pic.twitter.com/v4kHAe8j6c— Connor (@McCartyConnor) April 11, 2018
The Rockies got in a good laugh right after, once Buddy Baumann came in to concede 5 runs thanks to some ugly pitching and a costly error in center field. Adam Cimber conceded one as well, and the Rockies were at 6 by the end of the day, the Padres trailing the whole game.
There was a bit of a rally led by a 422 ft Franchy Cordero bomb to center, Franchy’s first home run of the season:
In the same inning, Hunter Renfroe plated an RBI on a force out and Cory Spangenberg took advantage of a wild pitch to tack on another run. Before the game was over, Eric Hosmer recorded his first home run of the season:
The Pads were capped at 4, and the Rockies avoided the sweep with some steam coming out of their ears. After the game, A.J. Ellis maintained some plausible deniability, citing a ball that “got away”, and the importance of having his team’s back, making it really easy to forget he was a Dodger.
Andy Green expressed the desire to compete, win baseball games, and yeah yeah yeah. Arenado filled his diaper during his brief interview after the game, and Bud Black, I’m assuming, wasn’t pleased with the lack of bunts despite the victory.
The Padres will come back home to a friendly stadium to take on the Giants, with a 7:10 PM start tomorrow.